S’mored Over

Yesterday was National S’mores Day….What’s that? You didn’t know! I am so sorry…Let me give you a hug, here is a tissue… Wipe your tears away and make plans for next August 10th!

That is what I did last year and the results were delicious..I licked and sucked–took a second look and sucked that sweet tasting melted marshmallow goodness–until Pippi told me to stop sucking on her hair….

Hey, it’s not my fault she got her hair stuck in her marshmallow and all moms know a baby wipe was not up for the task of removing ooey gooey toasted marshmallow.

I spent the afternoon preparing S’more Cupcakes (I made my first ganache in the process–yummy.)


S’more Popcorn (Boss Man’s Favorite of the evening–minus the grahams)

S’more Pops (these are dangerous…well if you are like me and lick everything..I stirred the molten chocolate to dip the marshmallow–wiped the spoon with my finger–did I mention I was also talking on the phone–“owwhh–ooooh—MMMmmm–OWW–MMMmmm!” My unconcerned friend replied, “You stuck your finger in the hot chocolate didn’t you.”)

and S’mores on a Stick…look for the tall S’more looking things with a stick poking out of the bottom (these are also dangerous–I somehow managed to stick a spoon with melted chocolate in my mouth……burned my tongue….spit out the molten chocolate back onto the spoon…flung the spoon which flipped molten chocolate on my eyelid…wiped the burning chocolate off with my finger which was now on fire and stuck my finger in my mouth to suck off the now warm milk chocolate goodness then shook my head and laughed thinking someone will enjoy reading about that later.  Oh, please, tell me I am not the only one who is danger to themselves in the kitchen.)

I went on to do less dangerous activities such as opening packages of Graham Crackers-original and chocolate, ginger snaps (FYI: the store brand was a mistake), marshmallows-jumbo, regular, and mini’s, S’more Goldfish crackers and S’mores Poptarts–the off-brand because I assumed they would not be very tasty-I was wrong-even the store brand was yummy.

I cut up strawberries and bananas…

Opened containers….

My good friend who is more dedicated than I called early in the morning…she had received my Evite and was terribly distraught….She had just made a commitment to avoid sweets for a week then I bombard her email box with temptation–what a great sister in Christ I am….I had to redeem myself so quickly I uninvited her then practiced restraint myself by eating a s’more pop…really….I did eat one…then another… and a strawberry…and a banana….and cookie…a swipe spoonful cup full of ganache…graham….chocolate chip..well it was over after this:

It is worth another look….

I'm blurry because my photographer was busy licking her lips

A Ghirardeli chocolate square with caramel filling topped with a roasted marshmallow and sandwiched between two grahams….MMMmmmmMMMmmm–it was delicious…So glad my dear friend did not arrive or she may have been tempted like the rest of us–except that weird girl who only chewed gum the whole time….you would think with a name like Queen Bee she would like sweets…hmmm.

The coolest part of the evening was the temperature. These little girls were cold and begged to wear jackets. I suppose 80 degrees is cold in the shade…

This is Little Bee…She better be glad that I am not her mommy…I would have had to lick her clean…I’m just saying those baby wipes can’t hardly remove melted milk chocolate….

I woke this morning feeling ‘S’mored over’–that was possibly too much chocolate in one day….good thing this another day because I have a few leftovers that should not be wasted!

How did you celebrate National S’mores Day 2011?


S’more Than Words Can Say

My kitchen table is full of chocolate, marshmallows and grahams….it must be August 10th.


I missed out on National S’mores Day 2010…Boo hoo hoo wah wah…then I  wondered if it was an annual celebration-I cleared my bleary eyes and went to the magic eight ball of the 2000’s, Google.

“Will National S’mores Day grace my calendar ever again?”

Google answered,”Better not tell you now.”

So I shook my computer magic eight ball… well my wireless keyboard because it is weighs less and is easier to replace.

Then I asked again in Google language, “National+S’mores+Day+August+10th+2011”

The Google gods answered me “yes.” I began Party Planning!

I have over fifty ideas saved in my favorites tool bar that I want to share with you  will stay in that folder forever.  Today, I will share the ideas that I rescued from my favorites tab jail and they are special ideas that am going to utilize in my last-minute party because they are the best, most beautiful, most unique….ok so they are the easiest.

Yes, I did just say that I start planning last year but I did not actually make a game plan until….well I am in the process–I keep inviting more guests every day this week–finding new recipes that I will not use until next year but the blog-o-sphere is full of beautiful s’more images and I have an addictive personality–I made this menu a few minutes before I ran out the door to shop.  My more organized friends show up at my parties and iron out the kinks–they are just glad I am willing to host the messy activities at my house.

First, I will prepare the S’mores Bar featuring the toppings I found in the article featuring this Chocolate & Peanut Butter S’more.

Photo by Leo Gong

I am excited to sample the following S’more combos; Ginger & Caramel , Strawberry & Chocolate, Caramel-Drizzled, Nutella & Banana, Nutty Banana, Fudge Striped, Ande’s Mint, York Peppermint Patty….

A self-serve bar is the way I roll…”Help Yourself” is my motto. It is because I want you to feel welcome in my home…or maybe because I am lazy  or because I am comfortable enough with you to share my true lazy self with you….

WARNING: You will hear the following comments at my house:  help yourself to a drink…help yourself to a napkin…help yourself to a towel to clean the mess I just made–’cause I know it is driving you crazy…help yourself to the diapers ’cause yes the baby’s diaper does need changed and I know you like babies…help yourself to the phone ’cause we do not have cell phone coverage…oh, your phone rang did it. Go ahead, answer it……………yes, of course, help yourself to the phone! )

Next up is a S’more on a stick. I love food on a stick….I just do.

Kids love food on a stick…so they can use it like a microphone, or a wand or a weapon.

Men love food on a stick…makes them feel tough.  Well, it might.

How easy and fun.  Thank you to The Decorated Cookie.

Used with permission from thedecoratedcookie.com


Some people are creative.

Some people are talented.

Enter Bakerella.  Rhymes with Cinderella but Bakerella doesn’t need a fairy God Mother to turn basic pantry items into elegant eats…

Photo by Bakerella.com

Presto Change-O

photo by Bakerella

I, on the other hand, could use a fairy God Mother to make something this pretty.

So, I will move into something less pretty but just as tasty…

Popcorn…I like sweet endings…which brings me to the last recipe I will make for the S’mores Tasting Party.

Nestofposies created this clever snack using–a box of Golden grahams and a box of microwave popcorn and of course marshmallows and chocolate….Easey Peasey…..and I like easy!

photo by nestofposies.com

I will leave you with Pippi’s favorite S’more picture from the naptimechef.  If she knew the name of this S’more creator she would ask me, “Does Naptimechef come while you sleep and leave sweet treats for sweet little boys and girls?”    I may try to take a nap tomorrow to see if anything appears–any sacrifice for research.  On second thought, I  better make like the naptimechef and prepare all these sweet treats for my guests–or search for dry fire wood since it is raining on my fire pit.

And, yes, I am letting my daughter eat a S’more for breakfast (and lunch and snack)-she is delightfully devouring a giant marshmallow right now–I think I will join her.


photo by naptimechef.com